2009年03月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2009年05月


4/26 (Sun.) Adoption Fair☆Update

This is an update on the adoption event held at Green Dog in Kobe on Sunday, April 26th.

We didn’t have very many visitors this time around. Maybe only half of our usual turnout? Looks like we overlooked an important fact when choosing the day for our event. Never underestimate the power of Golden Week!

Despite the timing of our event, there were several serious adoption inquiries from our wonderful visitors.

Toraji’s rescuers also stopped by. It was adorable how Toraji paused for a second, then the realization hit him all at once and he couldn’t contain his excitement.

Toraji and Non-chan were constantly poking their heads here and there, and greeting every visitor that stopped by. They were very friendly to our canine visitors as well, and were very sociable and outgoing. If they haven’t been adopted by next month’s adoption fair at Field Note, maybe I’ll take them along to that as well…

Representing the small breeds was Michi. She’s only 6 years old but has kidney problems, which has been an obstacle in finding a adoptive home for her. Michi, who loves her snacks, seemed to be enjoying herself in between whining for treats.

Sakura also did a wonderful job. When we were setting up she was very active and playful with her buddies, but as soon as the event started she shrunk away even though we didn’t have any visitors yet. How well she can read the atmosphere! We did see that all the staff's efforts were paying off, and there were moments when she voluntary walked to the middle of the room or curiously sniffed around, even when visitors were in proximity. Once the event was over and we began cleaning up, Sakura began running around again and a few of our visitors who were still there were happy to see Sakura in motion, as they had come especially to meet her.

Hatena stayed in the middle of the room most of the time. Skittish Hatena would run away if someone came close to her, but only to keep a distance, and she never went hiding in the corners. It was as if she was thinking, “People coming close or trying to touch me is scary, but still I am curious…”

Peace and Piman were relaxed and nonchalant from the beginning.
They ate, they played, they purred, they stretched, they… slept. We’ve never seen cats that were more at ease at an adoption event as these guys.

The bottom-left picture is of Toraji, who was absolutely intrigued by the cats, giving Piman a fright.


It was raining on the day before the adoption event. Hatena had just gotten a shampoo but she wouldn’t be able to stay dry in her outdoor kennel. Plus, all the doggies going to the event can’t fit in the car…
So, KK took Hatena home and she proceeded to the adoption fair from KK’s house. Here’s Hatena, who’s staying with me during my holidays, on her first day.

ハテナ2 Hatena frozen at the front door of KK’s home after being surrounded by KK's 4 big dogs.

ハテナ1_1 Hatena debating whether to enter the living room or not.


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25 cats & dogs who lost their home because of a fire

ARK was informed that there had been a fire at someone’s house when the owner was out, and the dogs/cats that lived there had no place to go. We appealed for donations for this Large Scale Rescue on ARK News and Events.
Here are details about the rescue: Click

4 dogs and 21 cats were rescued.
The owner moved to a new house and one dog could be returned to the owner. The other 3 dogs (Lemon, Lime, and Karin) were adopted.
The dog we managed to give back to the owner was a 13 year-old Chihuahua. At ARK, we discovered that she had a mammary tumor and trouble with her heart.

It’s difficult to find an adopter for an old dog with health problems, so it was lucky her owner could take her back. It’s also a huge source of stress for old dogs to be forced to live in a shelter without their beloved owners. It’s really tough, and sad as well…

It was hard to care for the cats after the rescue because several of them had colds or were in a bad state. They were skinny and in poor health generally, probably because their immune systems had been weakened due to the shock of the fire, or because they were hungry and cold. Those who were in a serious condition were separated, but because of a lack of space, the cats were divided between just two rooms; one group of females and one group of males. The room we had to use was one usually used for dogs that have just been rescued. Even though some cats got a little better, others got worse before they got better, and others still haven’t completely recovered.

Staff members working at the clinic had to work until 10 pm for a period in order to report all the details of the cats’ condition to the vet, and give treatment like medicines or infusions to almost all the cats. Of course, these staff members also had to be in the clinic around 7:30 or 8:00 the next morning.

Some of the cats who were in a relatively good condition and who had been spayed or neutered were then adopted. After being moved to a cat enclosure with plenty of sunlight and a pleasant breeze, more of the cats started to relax. There are still some cats who require treatment or are waiting to be spayed or neutered, but the situation is stabilizing a bit.

All the cats are friendly and young, from 6 months to 5 years old, and they’re all good boys and girls. They get along well with each other, so we can recommend adopting two or more cats together. I’m sure you’d enjoy watching their adorable behavior when they play together and sleep together.

There are a lot of cats who are ready to be adopted, but whose information has not been uploaded to ARK’s Rehoming page just yet because we’re so busy. Please, please come to ARK to see them and welcome them into your family!!

All kind donations and a list of what the money has been spent on will be reported in the newsletter. We really appreciate your support.

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Mini mini update of everything

Yesterday three dogs were sent off to their new adopters' homes♪

One was one-month-old Bounty, the last of the four siblings that came to ARK to be adopted.

Also sent off was Zeus, one of seven siblings, and the last to be adopted from ARK in Nose. (One of his sister's, Zas, is staying with a Tokyo ARK foster family, waiting for an adopter.)

And the third dog to be sent off was energetic, mischievous Aira, who was always causing trouble for the staff (!?).

The next Green Dog adoption fair information is here↓

Toraji-kun will be there too!

Tonto's adopter was decided as well! But Tonto won't be sent off til a bit later…in about two weeks. If anyone wants to meet Tonto, he's still at ARK, so come see him and give him your best wishes♪

Momo-chan is now living a carefree life at Universal Studios Japan, where she is getting plenty of love and affection from everyone. Ahh, I'm so happy! Perhaps the day is approaching when she'll make her show debut?
Reynard is now participating in shows! And Brutus, the brother of Bounty who was scouted out along with Mom, is also currently undergoing training.

Sorry for the personal news, but I (KK) have been assigned to a new position. It will take a little time to get used to my new work here, but I'm going to try hard not to cause anyone any trouble. I don't know if it's because I'm getting older or what, but my memory is getting worse… (Nah, I'm like that by nature…) I'm so sorry to everyone who is waiting to hear about ARK's day-by-day news, but it may take me a while to take photos, go around collecting news, and post updates to the blog. But I'll do my best, so please come back to the blog again! Until next time!
I'm so happy the discussion about Koroku-kun in the Comments section of the blog has gotten so lively. But sorry for not being able to respond to everyone's comments!

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Pipi, Congratulations! Cherry, Good luck!

Today a dog named Pipi was rehomed.
I never introduced Pipi on the blog before, but he's a dog who came to ARK about a year and a half ago, and although he was rehomed a little while ago, he didn't fit with the owner's lifestyle, and so came back to ARK just a few days later. Pipi is an 8-year-old Akita mix. Being a mix, a big dog, and an older dog, we knew it wouldn't be easy for him to find an adopter. So after our upset following his initial unsuccessful rehoming, the staff at ARK were absolutely thrilled when Pipi was rehomed this time.

Actually, the person who adopted Pipi was also interested in Cherry, who has appeared on the blog before.
Previous entry about Cherry→http://tokyoark.blog110.fc2.com/blog-entry-152.html

The adopter was having a lot of trouble deciding whether to choose Pipi or Cherry, and came to ARK many times to see them. Of course we're happy that Pipi got rehomed, but for Cherry, who has been at ARK for over 7 years now, it was a big chance too, so actually it's kind of a confusing feeling we have. They were both big dogs and older in years, so neither could be rehomed easily. Most likely it was a very difficult choice to make for the adopter too.

But there's a ray of hope for Cherry too. Cherry wasn't chosen this time, but from now on, when a chance appears for Cherry, I will work even harder to help him find happiness.

Before, Cherry would pull on the leash hard during walks, and get excited and bark upon seeing another dog. But thanks to the help of Tsuda-sensei and the staff members in charge of him, now even when a dog passes right in front of him, he sits politely at the side of his handler, and lets the other dog pass.

Pipi-chan, I wonder what you're up to now. I hope you'll get used to your new environment quickly. Take care.

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Will Tonto be able to find happiness too?

Tonto was rescued after being found wandering by a riverbank. Attached to his collar was a note saying, "I just can't keep him anymore".

At the time of the rescue, Tonto's skin and coat were in awful condition. There were lots of bald patches, and he was very skinny. Because of that, he looked pretty old. In addition, it seemed that he cannot use his hind legs. So whenever I would see him wagging his hairless tail, innocently and unhesitatingly begging for love and attention, I couldn't help but feel sad.

But it's okay. Things will get better soon. As soon as we give you the proper treatment and your legs and skin get better, you'll find a great adopter. You don't look very young, but don't worry. Tonto, you're a really cute fella, and your personality is terrific too.

Many times we've had promising talks with prospective adopters, but each time things have fallen through. So Tonto's stay at ARK has become a lot longer than we initially expected. I now realize he's been here for over a year, even though all the while we've been saying, "A great person is sure to show up real soon".

His hind leg kneecap was dislocated. But he's had surgery and now he can live his daily life without any trouble. It might be good to avoid rough exercise though. So Tonto might be a good dog for people who love dogs but who aren't crazy about walks.

His skin? Just as beautiful as it looks in the pictures. His coat is silky smooth again and he now looks much younger. He has his toilet etiquette down pat too.

Tonto gets along great with other dogs, has a bright personality, is obedient, and shouldn't be hard to care for at all. I'm not sure there exists a dog better suited to living and relaxing indoors…

Ozzie was rehomed too~☆

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2009年03月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2009年05月